The Italian Straw Hat

January 26-February 3

Music by Nino Rota | Libretto by Nino Rota and Ernesta Rota

Brimming with Laughs

This uproarious comedy, by the composer best known for The Godfather film scores, comes to Minnesota Opera for the first time ever. Groom-to-be Fadinard gallops around Paris on his wedding day in search of a straw hat to replace the one his horse has inadvertently eaten. The bright and breezy score perfectly captures the increasingly ridiculous situation that rides on the edge of chaos. After seeing this 1950s madcap romp, you’ll never look at a hat—or a night at the opera—the same way again!


Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage

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Act I

It is Fadinard’s wedding day in Paris. As he hurries home in his carriage, to make sure that all the preparations are being carried out smoothly for his marriage to Elena, his whip gets entangled in a tree …

Composer Biography

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Nino Rota

Giovanni “Nino” Rota, commonly referred to as Nino Rota, was an Italian composer and pianist, born on 3rd December 1911 …

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